My favorite Christmas movie growing up was “The Little Drummer Boy.” It inspired me as a child and gave me hope. I didn’t know what frankincense and myrrh were but when they were given to baby Jesus by three kings who also gave GOLD - it sounded FANCY and EXPENSIVE! I had so much empathy for the poor Little Drummer Boy who worried because he didn’t have a gift to give. When he decided to give his time and talent to play his drum for Baby Jesus, I remember feeling the JOY the Little Drummer Boy felt when the Baby Jesus LOVED his present!
This movie instilled in me, that we all have something special that we can do to make a difference. I actually took up the drums in our elementary school band….it was NOT my talent! I often wondered….what can I do? What can I give?
I think as a child, what I gave most were smiles, hugs, and friendship. I especially enjoyed giving homemade cards and little baskets made with paper and tape filled with violets from our yard to the elderly people in my neighborhood.
Sometimes as an adult, I still feel like the Little Drummer Boy both before and after he gave his present.
Today on July 11th, I am inspired to write my eleventh blog post. The number eleven has been a favorite and significant number to my family. It started for me when I found out my sweet mother-in-law Marilyn La Benz, loved that number. She was married on the 11th of October and after having four bouncing baby boys, her first daughter, Julie, was born on September 11th. I wish she were here so I could ask her again about other important elevens in her lifetime—for I didn’t find out her favorite number was eleven until the last days before her passing to heaven.
Have you ever taken a Leap of Faith? Have you ever felt pulled to do something and you can’t shake the feeling until you do it? That has recently happened to me.
I decided to give up control of my life, because I am only holding myself back. After many years of being a faithful follower of Jesus (or so I thought), I finally decided to do it... to "Let go and let God."
What does it mean to "Let go and let God?"
I have heard faithful friends say this phrase before, but I just didn’t get it. I went to church regularly. I volunteered and taught vacation bible school, religious education of both children and adults. I taught Living Your Strengths at my church for seven years using the Clifton Strengths Finder (now Clifton Strengths). I even chair a huge annual community interfaith prayer breakfast at the YMCA, but I don’t think I have ever, "Let go and let God," not until about a month ago…